It's fishing season. With more than 7,500 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs in New York, there are plenty of places to drop a line. But where is the best place to reel in the big one this season?

Here are the Top 10 lakes in New York where you're sure to catch a fish worth talking about.

10 Best Lakes in New York To Reel in the Big One

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First Time Monster

You never know what you might reel in on a New York lake. It could be a 35-pound monster from Lake Ontario. Not bad for a first-time angler.

Read More: First-Time Angler Reels In 35-Pound Monster

Credit - Jeff Wallace via Facebook/Chelsea Giovo
Credit - Jeff Wallace via Facebook/Chelsea Giovo

Fishing License

If you want to fish in New York State, you'll need a fishing license if you are 16 years of age or older:

  • Freshwater fish by angling, spearing, hooking, longbow, and tip-ups.
  • Frogs by spearing, catching with the hands, or by use of a club or hook.
  • Freshwater baitfish for personal use.

Read More: Fishing Records in New York State

No Fishing License Required

  • Fishing on a licensed fishing preserve.
  • Fishing during the free fishing weekend.
  • Fishing at a free fishing clinic.
  • A resident landowner primarily engaged in farming (including lessees and members of their immediate families) when fishing on farm lands they are occupying and cultivating.
  • A farm fish pond license holder (including members of their immediate families) fishing on waters covered by the license.
  • A Native American living and fishing on reservation land.
  • A patient residing at a qualifying U.S. Veterans Administration hospital or facility in New York State.
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Map & Fees

Want to see all the places you can fish across the state? The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has a map of all the spots where you can drop a line.

Fishing License Fees

$25 for the year
$12 for 7 days
$5 for 1 day

Prices double for out-of-state residents who want to fish in New York.

Check Out Some of the Biggest Fish Ever Caught

We're gonna need a bigger boat.

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Fisherman Gets Up Close Look at Majestic Moose in the Adirondacks

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